The Ohio Light Opera
Professional Theatre

Music and Book by: Ivor Novello
Lyrics by: Christopher Hassall

Show Description:
OLO has had request after request over the years ... finally, here it is: the first American stage production in almost 70 years of Welsh-born Ivor Novello's The Dancing Years. Novello had a remarkable career: as songwriter ("Keep the Home Fires Burning"), as silent film matinee idol (Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger), as Hollywood scriptwriter (credited with the lines "Me Tarzan, You Jane"), as playwright, and as a composer who virtually single-handedly brought romantic musicals (operettas ... if you like!) back to life in Britain in the 1930s, 40s, and early 50s. The Dancing Years is the tear-jerking story of an opera diva, Maria Ziegler, who befriends and encourages aspiring operetta composer Rudi Kleber. When she misunderstandingly overhears Rudi making a mock marriage proposal to a young woman to whom, years before, he had playfully promised "right of first refusal," Maria leaves her lover, marries her old admirer, Prince Metterling, and loses all touch with Rudi. Some 12 years later, Rudi and Maria meet again and passions flare ... but she is accompanied by her 12-year-old son. Song gems include "I Can Give You the Starlight," "My Dearest Dear," "Primrose," and "Waltz of My Heart."

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July 19 - August 11

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$10-$52 Reserved Seating

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The Ohio Light Opera
1189 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

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